Sunday, February 2, 2014

1920's China Black Jacket

From the seller:
No worries about fit or color--this is large and looks stunning on everyone!

Please note that this auction is for the jacket only: Am selling half of Lot 111 from Christie's Sale 2108: The Imperial Wardrobe: Fine Chinese Costume and Textiles from the Linda Wrigglesworth Collection, sold on March 19, 2008 in New York

Lot Description

The black satin damask of the jacket woven with wan-fret roundels, lined in an unusual Japanese floral patterned cotton flannel.

Jacket 35 in. (89 cm.) long x 46 in. (117 cm.) across

Additional notes: I have purposely overexposed the detail shots to show the pattern of the silk, it is not faded or as light as it appears in the flash photo. Main shot is the most accurate. Silk is extremely heavy. Piece is in  excellent condition with no rips, sweat marks, tears, stains, etc. to either the exterior  or lining. Very wearable. Probably never worn. Condition, size, and the oddity of the Japanese lining makes this extremely collectible. Since acquiring  at Christie's, has been carefully stored in acid-free paper and lain flat. I am selling  because my collection has grown too large and, living in NYC,  I can no longer afford the storage space or the extra insurance.

My winning bid for this lot was $2,000 plus a substantial buyer's premium.

Please e-mail me with any questions.

Please click on link below to confirm condition, description, price, and sale date, also background on sale:
From Me:

I don't really get a chance to show non-Western clothing often. China, in the 1920's, was at a crossroads. In 1912, the Qing Dynasty fell. It wouldn't be until 1934 that the Long March would take place. A lot of Chinese artifacts from this era were lost during the communist revolution - they burned photographs, traditional textiles, and anything that had the slightest hint to do with the imperial past. The only things that have survived, typically, are in Western hands - mainly British.

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